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Myth and History of the Exodus:

Myth and History of the Exodus:

Triumph and Trauma

Chapter:
(p.25) 2 Myth and History of the Exodus
Source:
From Akhenaten to Moses
Author(s):
Jan Assmann
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166310.003.0003

The biblical myth of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt is analysed as the narrative representation of the turn from poly- or cosmotheism (divine immanence) to monotheism (divine transcendence) and as the political myth of Israelite ethnogenesis (the idea of the Chosen People).

Keywords:   myth, narration, revolution, revelation, law

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